Inside the Pentagon - September 13, 2018

DSCA head defends cost waivers granted to foreign weapons buyers

Justin Doubleday   | September 12, 2018
The head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency says cost waivers granted to countries buying U.S. weapons are key to securing arms deals, as some lawmakers have questioned the practice of giving billions in discounts to rich Middle Eastern nations. Foreign countries can seek waivers for nonrecurring costs, such as research and development, when they buy U.S. equipment through the foreign military sales process. Between fiscal year 2012 and FY-17, the Defense Department approved 810 of 813 waiver requests, with...

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